Early Purple Orchid, Tunstall Hills, Sunderland

Early Purple Orchid, Tunstall Hills, Sunderland

Observation - Early Purple Orchid, Tunstall Hills, Sunderland - UK and Ireland. Description: Species observed on grassy slope on the hills. Note pale pink to violet flowers which extend up central spike . Emerging inflorescence protected by sheath-like upper leaves. I also looked at Orchis morio which has strongly veined 'helmet'. There are so m

Species observed on grassy slope on the hills. Note pale pink to violet flowers which extend up central spike . Emerging inflorescence protected by sheath-like upper leaves. I also looked at Orchis morio which has strongly veined 'helmet'. There are so many guides which list Orchis mascula as having rosette of leaves with spotted appearance. This observation had lanceolate green leaves with no speckling.